It seems the powers in control of spectrum management down under have decided that they need the frequencies between 27.405 and 28.000 for something special because they are out and about visiting radio operators that they have monitored operating in this region of the RF spectrum. Freebanders. Dirty filthy pirate scum! The men in white coats and white vans prickling with antennas like porcupines on wheels are targeting the Australian freebanders. It is war! That 43 division card will soon become a rarity and Italians and French freeband operators will soon be sneaking in to Australia to set up clandestine stations on 27.555 for the rest of the world to enjoy.
I don’t know if there was any warning about this operation but it must have been budgeted and planned for some time. I just wonder what the intention is and what they hope to gain for the money spent. I guess there is a law making it illegal so they can administer some fines and confiscate the out of CB band equipment but we have not heard of too many radios being taken and no court cases yet. Just a lot of warnings and finger waggling. Maybe they just want to force those illegal operators to go sit a test and gain a foundation ham license so they can charge them to keep possession of the ham radio they use on CB? (and get to have all your data on file so they can maintain control.) But Australia is a big place. It is going to cost a fortune in fuel and wages to go visit all those freebander bastards. Seems like a great way to spend tax payers funds. I just can’t work out why the Govt. thinks it is so important to stamp out the illegal radio activity on that tiny spectrum of frequency between 27.500 and 27,600 mhz. What else do they want to use that for? Who really cares about freebanders anymore?…TV is all digital and if the neighbours stereo is making strange noises when you fire up it is because that same department allowed substandard audio equipment to be sold in Australia in the first place! Have they really got nothing better to do?
Forget about the foul language on the Australia’s frequency of choice..27.355 LSB, (channel 35) That is fair dinkum Aussi culture. Those blokes with low 50 IQ’s have to be allowed to express themselves “effen” fluently…its a healthy outlet. If they weren’t mouthing off on CB they would be mouthing off at people on the street so best keep them bailed up at home behind a CB microphone speaking American CB slang..”pedal to tha medal good buddy, youse in ma cherry patch” and so on.
Its a lot more fun for the white jackets to go chasing after smart arse freebanders pretending to be Hams. It actually takes a bit of a brain to get out on “tripple nickel.” It doesn’t really make a lot of sense for the government to spend vast sums of money running around the country to chase down these freeband operators and persuade them to stick to the CB band between 26.965 and 27.405. But somebody obviously thinks it is worthwhile. Freebanders are pretty independent blokes and probably won’t want to restrict their international DXing below ch 40, so the next step will need to be confiscation of equipment, court cases and the inevitable fine to pay for it all. More silly waste of public time and money.
I am not aware of any other countries quite as intent as Australia for going after out of band CB operators. Maybe Pakistan or Iran or Saudi…but over there they might cut your hands off as well; so you can’t use the radio…the gear can stay to remind you why you shouldn’t have, and now can’t, use it. But down under as long as you stay on the designated CB frequencies you can swear and basically say and do whatever you want and you will be left alone. If we were to use ch 35 as a benchmark for learning about Australians and their customs it would not be very pretty. It might be difficult to find dictionaries to explain the meanings of a lot of the dialogue heard. I guess that is what the CB radio spectrum is all about…and if you want to operate a CB then you better conform and get with it….and while you are at it..get a decently large amplifier, an export CB with extra bands and a bunch of beep and echo options and jump right in. You will be made to feel at home…abused, slandered and thoroughly victimized. Aussies love that sort of shit….Play music, burp, fart, and do your damnedest to disrupt everybody else and have a hell of a good time doing it. For a few blokes in NSW the only way they can get people to talk to them is when they are being told to piss off !! I don’t think ACMA want to mess with those sort…some of them might be stupid enough to to beat on those ACMA inspectors with a piece of wood for trying to remove their favourite “Dick Smith Hornet” CB radio. That would put an end to the visits pretty smartly methinks…So don’t sweat it, use what ever sort of radio you want down there and as much power as you can and say what ever you want…just as long as it stays in band. What goes on on CB stays on CB…OK!
And if you want to work out of country get on down to 27255 on the upper side, crank up the linyar, turn the house around, and start making some noise….But don’t forget, it is illegal to knowingly work an “out of country station” so what ever you do, do not call CQ DX …..or we will be coming to visit…..You have been warned!!
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